So now I would like you to work on your Aqua Board using some or all the techniques you have learned, including the Sharpie paint pens. Tap into your intuition, sketch out some ideas and words, perhaps go buy some objects at a craft store (if they have a flat backing they are easier to glue down) and go to town. Before you begin, do a stream of consciousness free write and see what comes up. Write with the phrases “I am”, “I choose”, “I call in”, and/or “I feel” statements. Close the entry with “and so it is.” Then begin your painting. Let this painting symbolize and hold your deepest desires. Let it shine out! If you still have a few board lefts, work on all of them. Share them with the group.
All the flowers, branches, and words in this painting were created by using the Sharpie paint pens. The bird was a collage cut out and ink and acrylic were used underneath.
Here are two intentional collage paintings. On the left image: pink and orange India ink were used on the bottom layer, with chartreuse and white acrylic layered next. The leaves were cut out of collage paper, along with the pink scalloped section at the top right. An actual cameo was glued onto the board for a final touch, along with light green gel pen for final details.
On the right image: the gold outlines on this painting were all used with paint pen, including the touches of blue in the stem flower. India Ink was used on the entire bottom layer and the moon-like image was cut out of paper.
As another option, you can also try a thicker gel medium or even epoxy resin (high gloss and intense process, so be prepared) to seal the painting. Now is the time to let that child play, along with refining your style and technique. Adding found or bought objects is just an option too! Stay true to your voice. All of you are creating such gems. For those of you who have not shared, feel free to share a nature photo or a self portrait if you are on a different time schedule. There are no rules here! I welcome all your expressions.
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